The Mustang stopped on the tracks for a red light – don't do this! – and its wheels settled into the snow. Once the light turned green, the car could only spin its wheels.
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Witness and rescuer Andrew Rasmussen, a physical therapy student at Clarkson College, was at work that day at a physical therapy office nearby. He talked to KATU about jumping into action once he saw the situation unfolding.
“We saw a red Mustang coming down the road. It was fishtailing a little bit. It got to that stop light up there. It went to go across those MAX tracks and got stuck,” he says.
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Four people ran to the stuck car to rock it free of the railroad tracks just seconds before the train came.
“Rear-wheel drive, real low sports car, probably not the best to be on these kind of roads,” Rasmussen said.